Rajkot: Former Gujarat chief minister and founder president of the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) Keshubhai Patel on Thursday announced to contest the upcoming Assembly polls from Visavadar town of Junagadh district.     

"Visavadar town would become an epicentre of Saurashtra region to bring about a change in the political atmosphere of the state," Patel said, adding that he would contest the polls from Visavadar, from where, he had contested the state polls in the past and become the chief minister.

83-year-old Patel, who had worked with BJP for decades, had quit the party to form his own last month. He claimed that many BJP leaders were in touch with him, as they were willing to join his party and were waiting for the announcement of election dates.

Maha Gujarat Janata Party (MJP) president Gordhan Zadaphiya and former Chief Minister Suresh Mehta are already supporting Patel.

Patel, who was unceremoniously replaced by Narendra Modi as the chief minister in 2001, criticised Modi's style of functioning and said change was needed in the state' politics as people were "living in fear" under his rule.

Patel launched his 'Parivartan Sandesh Yatra' from Virpur town on Friday. The 36-day-long yatra has been divided into five phases and would conclude on October 31 at Ahmedabad before covering all the 182-Assembly seats.


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